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Today In Oil News

Gulf Gusher symbolIf you look at the Leak Meter at the top of the page you may notice that it has jumped to 75+ million gallons and the default rate is now 1.47 million gallons per day. It reflects the new estimate of the teams that are actually using several methods to measure the rate at which the oil is flowing, rather than a number pulled out of the air by BP.

The Pensacola News Journal says that Florida to get its own oil spill chief

Florida, Alabama and Mississippi will each get its own deputy incident commander to lead oil response and cleanup efforts.

President Barack Obama discussed the move today in Pensacola with U.S. Coast Guard Admiral Thad Allen, the national incident commander who established the three deputies.

So, there is a problem in communications, and the President decides to add another intermediate layer to the table of organization. What a typical MBA/bureaucratic solution – let’s make it even harder to get answers. 😈

The Local Puppy Trainer has my county’s response to the problem: Okaloosa defies Unified Command over East Pass plans

DESTIN — Okaloosa County isn’t taking oil spill orders any more.

County commissioners voted unanimously to give their emergency management team the power to take whatever action it deems necessary to prevent oil from the Deepwater Horizon spill from entering Choctawhatchee Bay through the East Pass.

They are tired of coming up with solutions and then waiting for them to be approved by the Florida DEP, the Coast Guard, and BP. They are also fed up that the state has told the counties to bill BP, rather than asking for some of the $25 million BP has already given to the state. What the hell is the state doing with the money that it was given to cover the immediate costs of dealing with the oil?

Jams O’Donnell has given me a wonderful idea for dealing with BP management, soak them in Obsession For Men and send them on a safari. 😈

June 15, 2010   5 Comments

Day Five

World CupIn Group F:

New Zealand 1-1 Slovakia

Group G:

Côte d’Ivoire 0-0 Portugal
Brazil 2-1 PDR Korea

New Zealand scored in the injury time to draw against a skilled Slovakia side, which was their first World Cup goal.

Group G has no weak teams. Four continents represented and the four sides all came to play.

This is how the teams I follow are fairing:

Team Group Points Matches Goals
Played Won Tied Lost For Against Difference
United States C 1 1 0 1 0 1 1 0
England C 1 1 0 1 0 1 1 0
Germany D 3 1 1 0 0 4 0 4
Australia D 0 1 0 0 1 0 4 -4
Netherlands E 3 1 1 0 0 2 0 2
Switzerland H 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

June 15, 2010   2 Comments

Magna Carta

King John

John, by the grace of God, king of England, lord of Ireland, duke of Normandy and Aquitaine, and count of Anjou in the meadow which is called Runnymede, between Windsor and Staines, on the fifteenth day of June, 1215, signed the Great Charter in the presence of assorted heavily armed peers of the realm, who assured him it was the right thing to do.

The British Library has pictures of the Magna Carta available, and Wikipedia has a nice discussion of the document.

The Magna Carta of 1297 is permanently residing in the US National Archives.

The Avalon Project’s translation of the 1215 version with an index and definitions.

John abided by the charter for several months, before he returned to business as normal, but the principle was established – no one is above the law.

June 15, 2010   5 Comments